Hey there, all! So last weekend, I closed the three performances of my cabaret "Late Bloomer". I can honestly say, we had three packs houses, and got reactions such as "brilliant!", "cathartic!", and "amazing!". Here are some notable quotes:
"THIS BEAUTIFUL, SILK-voiced, genuinely present lady...
congratulations on your VERY HAPPY-MAKING show!" composer/writer Amy Engelhardt
"I've got a Cabaret Crush on Alex De Suze.
She's Audra, Aretha & Annie Lennox, with a little Phil Collins all rolled up into one." --cabaret artist Leslee Warren
"It was all I could do not to break into tears or yell shouts of glee, sitting behind and listening to Alex De Suze as she debuted her show “Late Bloomer.” Her voice and her storytelling and her spirit are like a velvet catapult for the soul. " --MAC Award winning singer/actor Sierra Rein
I can't thank director James Beaman, MD Tracy Stark, bassists Matt Scharfglass and Tom Hubbard, drummer, Mary Rodriguez, backup singers Julie Reyburn, Sierra Rein, Goldie Dver, and Ellen White, Tanya Moberly and Sidney Meyer at Don't Tell Mama, sound guys Adam and Rocky, and server Randi and all the fab people who came to make this such a wonderful and powerful experience. We will be bringing it back, just got everybody's schedules together, but keep and eye out here for future dates.
IN THE MEANTIME...WEDNESDAY, yes, THIS WEDNESDAY 10/26, I'll be at QED in Astoria doing a reading of my solo show "Single What? Female: Tales of The Tall Big-Boned and Ethnically Ambiguous". Yes, I have been that person who's been working on the same show for...far too long, but I figured it was time to get off my duff and get back in gear with it and thanks to the fabulous Dev Bondarin and her direction, we're starting the journey towards a production, by having this reading. 8:30 at QED. It's all of $10, the show's just about an hour, and they have beer, wine and snacks! Come on out to Astoria and check us out!
BUT THAT's NOT ALL!
NOVEMBER 13th - I'll be a special guest along with Karen Mack at Sue Matsuki's Jazz Brunch at Pangea.
NOVEMBER 27th - Last year at this time, Nicole Jesson, Malini MacDonald, June Elizabeth did a first reading of our play "Insert Name: A DNA Journey", sharing our tales of DNA tests and family trees, Well, we're bringing it back with a new name: "The DNA Play", and with some reworking. We'll be back at New Perspectives Theatre the afternoon of 11/27. More details to come!
And if YOU or anyone you know could use this merry, mixed, mezzo/actor/drummer, head to that CONTACT page!
Peace ☮️ ✌🏽
When not pandemibaking...
I have finally started a website! I just got these beautiful new headshots done by L Morgan Lee of BLUEphotography, and at last have a place to display them.
I've also been getting this self-tape thing DOWN. Madison Avenue Baptist Church, with whom I've been the alto for going on twelve years, like most churches, has gone virtual, so we are making videos of solos and hymns for the time being. (Someday, I'll release an outtake reel.)
There've been other opportunities, as well, for practicing this process: virtual choir and concert videos.
I've been lucky enough to work with Prospect Theatre Company and, thus, was asked to be part of their lovely video featuring Peter Mills' tune "Two Buoys". (I come in with the alto part and drums>)
Next, a dear friend - a jazz musician and choir director, presently living in Italy - started up Singers Without Borders and asked me to be part of this uplifting number: How Can I Keep From Singing?
Lastly, The Rigano Songbook asked 42(!) of their closest friends to help out with this wonderful song about an all too relevant and growing segment of our lives as we try to communicate with proper social distancing: Screen To Screen
The Rigano has a concert planned for 3/13...and then the world shut down. But far be it for them to not have a show. Yes, the Ides of March Extravaganza is now the Ides of APRIL and will be in virtual form. When those videos go up, I'll be sure to share here.
In the meantime, contact me here if you would like me to be part of YOUR virtual - and/or, eventually, LIVE - project.
Alexandra de Suze is a singer, actor, drummer who also writes a bit and occasionally makes silly videos